It's been an exciting year for Hayden Christensen, whose appearance in Ahsoka drove fans absolutely bonkers with excitement. Now, he is considering a full-fledged return to Hollywood. In a new interview, Hayden Christensen told Entertainment Weekly all about returning to Star Wars now that he's older. Hayden, who was like "a giddy little boy" when he read the script of Ahsoka Episode 5, talks about working with Deborah Chow and Dave Filoni but adds it was strange not to have George Lucas around.
Regarding Chow and Filoni, Hayden explains that he felt like he was in good hands with them and that Dave Filoni has a mind-boggling level of knowledge about the franchise. To Hayden, it was very clear that Filoni had learned from George Lucas, saying, "It felt like there was this proverbial torch that had been passed down" from Lucas to Filoni, whom the actor and everyone else on set find very inspiring.
"At first, I felt like I was cheating on him a little bit."- Hayden Christensen
Still, not having George Lucas on set, with whom Hayden worked on 2 chapters of the prequel trilogy, was a little weird. He shared, "At first, I felt like I was cheating on him a little bit. But it's a different time for Star Wars now, and I think it's really exciting that we now have this period where there are other storytellers coming in and giving their take on the universe."
He believes that even though the franchise is moving forward without George Lucas at the helm of things, he's still the blueprint for what's to come. Hayden says that the new filmmakers are trying their best to respect George's work, and "George Lucas is very much in the front of everyone's mind when we're making a decision and we want to make stuff that he would be happy with for sure."
Regarding his future, Hayden seems open to coming back for more Star Wars. He'd love to return if given the opportunity. When he was asked about doing a possible series that focuses on the 10 years between Obi-Wan Kenobi and A New Hope, Hayden said, "I would love to get to do more, and I'd love to get to continue with Star Wars, and we'll see. I don't know what the future holds, and if such an opportunity presents itself, I'll be there with a big smile on my face." Some fans are holding onto the hope that if Ahsoka Season 2 gets greenlit, Hayden will be a part of the series again. If not, then many fans are open to seeing him in a second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi or a Darth Vader series of his own.
The demand for Hayden Christensen is very high right now, which might be pulling him back from his long break from Hollywood. When asked about his interest in taking on projects outside of Star Wars, Christensen didn't rule out the possibility of it happening. "Yeah, it's definitely reignited a spark in me to want to work more," he says, and "now I'm in a place where I am reading a lot, and if I can find a project that I'm passionate about, then that's definitely the aim." It's great news for Hayden's fans, who not only wanted him back in Star Wars but also hoped that he'd eventually make a full-fledged return to Hollywood.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka are streaming on Disney+.